Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Beautiful Little Things

I've passed this lovely little vignette each day on my walk to work and couldn't help but to snap a few pictures.

I love that someone took the time to make this beautiful little scene right at the end of their driveway. It's so inviting- each morning I've wanted to curl up on the bench with the umbrella over my shoulder and wile away the day reading or knitting.

The other day I noticed that the pink flamingo took a day off to hide from the rain- but was glad to see the delicate umbrella made it through the storm.

I don't know why this captured my attention so much- but the umbrella isn't on the bench anymore and I honestly felt a little sad when I walked past and it was gone. I hope it's inside safe from the storms we're continuing to have. Maybe it'll come back out to enjoy the sun and the sounds of birds again before the summer is over.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Yummy dinner and a 10 minute Nectarine Crumble for dessert!

I love having the fresh herbs right outside the kitchen door, I'm using them so much more than ever before.

For dinner we had a lemon pepper salmon.

It was really quick, just the juice from half a lemon salt and pepper and I baked it in the oven. Then made a sauce using lots of fresh dill, greek yogurt, a splash of buttermilk (just to loosen up the yogurt a little and get a consistency I liked) and a squeeze of lemon juice (less than a tsp I'd guess).

On the side we had some boiled potatoes tossed with a little butter, chives, parsley, salt and pepper. Steamed Broccoli and rolls. (Boy do I love those dinner rolls that come in the freezer section. You can just grab two and heat them up. It's so much easier than cooking a whole tube for just two people!)

For dessert I made a quick little crumble. I wasn't sure how it would turn out but it was delicious and I'd certainly make it again.

The best part about making it- it was lighting quick. Less than 10 minutes and it was in the oven! Here's the recipe:

  • Slice two nectarines into wedges (about 6 pieces from one piece of fruit) and place them into a very shallow casserole dish.

  • Lightly drizzled honey over all the wedges (likely about a 1 tbsp).

  • Sprinkle some cinnamon over the top.

  • Last but certainly not least, crumble 1 stick of an Oats and Honey Nature Valley Granola Bar (or a similar granola) over the top.
  • Bake covered in a 375 oven until the nectarines are tender. About (10-15 min.) Uncover for the last 5 minutes of cooking.

The juice from the fruit and the honey made a nice sauce. I served it warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and it was a knock-out good dessert.

Of coarse if you want to make it for more than two, use more fruit and double rest of the ingredients.

If you make it I'd love to here your thoughts.

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